Founded by Quaker settlers in the 1780s, the area offered rich farmland and rivers that provided abundant waterpower. Randolph County is home to the Uwharrie Mountains, one of the world's oldest mountain ranges.
Long known as a manufacturing center, traditional industries included textiles, apparel, and furniture along with agriculture. The area has transitioned to a technology based and value added manufacturing economic base.
Randolph County is strategically located in the geographic center of North Carolina. It is the 11th largest county in North Carolina and has the 17th highest population in the state. Nine municipalities are incorporated within the county with Asheboro as the county seat.
Gently rolling hills, river valleys, and forestland characterize Randolph County's 787 square miles. Asheboro is approximately 70 miles from Raleigh and from Charlotte, the state's largest city. It is home to the North Carolina State Zoological Park, Uwharrie National Forest, Richard Petty Museum and the Seagrove area potteries, which enjoy an international reputation for exceptional hand thrown pottery.
Randolph County is home today to companies such as Energizer Battery, MOM Brands, The Timken Company, Rheem Air Conditioning, and Sealy.
Photo courtesy the Randolph Co. Public Library Historical Photograph Collection, Stedman Manufacturing